(2002, 82 min)
Director: Joe Gage
Starring: Colton Ford, Blake Harper, Damian Ford, Carlos Morales, Michael Brandon, Adam Wolfe, Diego Alvarez, Sean Storm, Chad Hunt, Ben Archer, Steven Richards, Peter Dixon, Zach Davenport, Rory Park, Nick Piston, Rich Strong, Duke, Beau
Studio: MSR Releasing
Categories: Muscular/Rugged Men
; Orgy/Group Sex
Though we rent it on its own, this title is no longer sold separately, but as part of a double feature with Joe Gage Sex Files, Vol. 1
. Any purchasing links on this page are for the double feature.]
Watch the trailer. (Flash format)
TLA Video Review
by Jameson Rodgers
Do you remember Ulysses? He was a legendary hero who disappeared for 30 years until everyone thought he was dead, and then miraculously returned. He initially bungled his homecoming, but eventually he reasserted his heroic reputation.
Ulysses, meet Joe Gage. In the 1970s, Gage didn't just help define modern gay pornography, he helped create a new model for gay masculinity. Before Gage, gay men were depicted as either dress-wearers (Billy Crystal in "Soap") or self-haters (Boys in the Band
). In his "Road" Trilogy, Gage introduced rugged truck drivers or construction workers who were proud to be first-class cocksuckers. The "Gage Man" became a gay icon, and Gage became a gay hero.
Then came the landmark Closed Set
: Gage hired every butch sex pig he could find, plus several relentless cameramen, and then let them all loose on each other! You could see the cameramen film the sex as it was happening. It was the greatest gay orgy film ever made.
And then he disappeared. When he was recently inducted into the GayVN Hall of Fame, people were astonished he was still alive. He announced his home-cumming with Tulsa County Line
, but it was not an auspicious return. But now comes Closed Set: The New Crew
. Ulysses is back, and he's hot as hell!
The New Crew
is a rock-hard suck-sessor to the original, though it's not exactly a remake – there is a scenario here. It begins with Michael Brandon walking the streets and seeing Carlos Morales in a window, who waves him inside. Brandon finds himself on the set of a porn video with Morales and insatiable porn pup Sean Storm. The three start devouring each other as the video's crew looks on.
On this Closed Set
, however, the "crew members" are played by porn stars. For example, Chad Hunt is the "best boy" (no argument there!), Peter Dixon is the gaffer (more like gagger) and Blake Harper is the VP for Creative Affairs (who looks as good in a suit as he does out of one). One by one, each "crew member" is drawn into the action, which becomes a whirlwind orgy of man-flesh. It's a simple premise and incredibly effective. And as in the original, we see actual crew members filming the sex, and we hear Gage and others direct the actors.
The cast is perfection, with two GayVN Performers of the Year: Brandon and Harper. Gage still knows his men better than anyone. There are all types of "types" and all levels of experience. Harper is of course a hirsute veteran (who must never retire – is that clear, Blake?), while smooth-skinned Dixon was coaxed out of semi-retirement. Newcomers include punkish young blond Rory Park, balding butch Zach Davenport and Latin sexpot Diego Alvarez. They all have two things in common: they are all fantastic cocksuckers, which is important considering that's about all they do (see below). Second, they are all – all
– enormously hung. And these penises are poetry in motion. No one films the male genitalia as effectively as Joe Gage.
There are two interludes to the orgy, both involving Colton Ford, the crew's "key grip". This reviewer has already sung the praises of Colton Ford (see Bearing Leather
), and he's only too glad to keep worshipping from that "him-book" – especially on his knees! Colton Ford is all man, from his sexy gray goatee to his rock-hard ass, and he is – god bless him – all gay. Watch this guy and you'll forget about all those "gay-for-pay" impostors.
In the first interlude, Ford enters a room with three glory holes (a beloved relic from the 1970s), from which are protruding three massive cocks. Being the self-respecting cocksucker that he is, Ford sucks spewing loads out of each. Meanwhile, two security guards – veteran Adam Wolfe and the muscled, mustached newcomer Ben Archer – walk in. Ford wastes no time in servicing them, and these guys return the favor with some nifty sucking and rimming of their own.
The second "interlude" helps bring the video (and the viewer) to its climax – a pairing between real-life partners Ford and Harper. In contrast to the writhing bodies in the orgy, it is almost alarmingly intimate. We are not watching two porn stars have sex, we are watching two lovers make love. First, they undress each other with tantalizing seductiveness. Then Ford lifts Harper on a table and gives him a rimming for the record books (Queasiness alert – Harper's hole has been pounded so often that it's a rosebud in perpetual bloom). He then gives Harper one of the most romantic fucks ever filmed. It absolutely deserves a GayVN nomination for Best Duo performance, except this is no performance – it's the real thing!
This awesome fuck, however, accentuates one of the few drawbacks of this new Closed Set
. That scene plus a quick topping by Damian Ford into Sean Storm and some scattered fingering are the only anal penetrations in the video. Unlike Ulysses, Gage wasn't "Greek." He was never a fan of the fuck – circle jerks and cocksucking were his staples in the 1970s. But things have changed since then. Today's orgy videos require the full repertoire of man-to-man sex. Gage's new studio MSR knows that – its Manhattan Sex Party
may be the true sequel to Closed Set
. Gage is climbing back to the top, but this talented old dog needs to learn some new tricks.
Still, this is one Closed Set you will kill to get into. Hail the returning hero!
DVD features: Chapter selection; cum-shot compilation; behind-the-scenes footage; trailers; and no regional coding (playable worldwide).
Purchase this title new at TLA Video.
Rad Video Review
Directed by Joe Gage, this remake of the classic Closed Set
is a spectacular work of gay porn erotica.
Michael Brandon enters a Chicago warehouse to find buff, thick-dicked stud Carlos Morales and twinkie Sean Storm jerking their cocks. As the cameraman tapes these three going at it, he, too, drops his pants and gets involved in the action. Soon, other behind-the-scenes men are slowly drawn into the action, and an all-out cocksucking and ass-eating orgy ensues. With every man sucking on anything he can get his mouth on, these men show their hunger!
The second scene finds devilishly handsome Colton Ford gloryhole sucking on three monster cocks belonging to Beau, Nick Piston (who's member is as perfect as they come), and Rick Strong. Passersby Adam Wolfe and Ben Archer can't resist watching. Soon, those two start jerking each other's and their own cocks furiously as they watch. The three men shoot their loads, and Colton's still hungry. He then starts sucking on Ben and Adam. At one point, Ben bends down to enjoy a taste of Adam's cock as well. Adam sucks on Colton's thick prick, and Ben rims out Colton's hole. Adam and Ben end up jerking off their loads to give Colton a facial deluxe.
Next, we're back to the main room, where the orgy has been continuing with more men involved in the action. Zack Davenport has a big fat pecker with a generous foreskin that both Sean and Peter Dixon enjoy. Chad Hunt's cock is easily the largest among this stable of horsehung men. Peter delights in that cock, as any cocksucker would. Well-hung Steve Richards enters the fray as well, offering up his cock for any hungry cocksucker. Zack can't resist taking a taste of Sean's rosebud, and soon he's rimming it feverishly.
The best of all this hot action is the sultry pairing of real-life lovers Blake Harper and Colton. Both men are stunningly handsome with deliciously muscular bodies and large, thick cocks. Their play starts out slowly and builds. They look intensely into each other's eyes and slowly undress. Some gentle nipple play and cock sword-fighting occurs before Colton goes down on Blake's unique asshole. His hole protrudes like the end of an elephant's trunk, and Colton can't quite get his tongue in there deep enough, though he tries! He makes love to that hole with his tongue before pummeling that ass with his dick.
Throughout Blake's and Colton's coupling, we're shown the action of the rest of the orgy, which is just a gaggle of cocks, mouths and asses. The way this action is shown is the way an orgy was meant to be, with cocks and muscular bodies as the stars of the orgy. The men start jerking off their loads one by one, and there ain't a dry cock left in the house.
A spectacular remake of a 20-year-old classic, this second Closed Set
joins the ranks of videos that men will be watching 20 years from now. Joe Gage is a master at showcasing raw masculine energy in an orgy setting, and he certainly does not disappoint here.
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